Monday, March 26, 2007

CSUNzilla part 2: Impressions

Mozilla rocked CSUN last week.

In this post I hope to share a little of what I experienced at the conference. I will be blogging a little over the next few weeks about what people in the extended Mozilla accessibility community are doing. For now, I'll give a brief sampling of the event as it might relate to Mozilla.

The Mozilla Foundation reserved a room for meetings, group hacking, and demos. This was a brilliant success, and the fact that this room was shared with others, such as the Linux accessibility folks, gave the CSUN community a taste of what Mozilla is all about.

timr's talk

Tim Riley from Mozilla Corp. helped staff the booth, and in the hacking room he gave a talk about the role QA plays at MoCo. I was able to share a few meals with Tim where I learned more about the Mozilla developer culture and the way testing techniques can be integrated into that environment in a way that is both helpful to the development process, and helps build an even better product.

Creators of screen readers and other assistive technology (AT) products have been working with Mozilla to enable a better user experience. If you are interested, WebAIM has a visual simulation of a screen reader.

The Mozilla Foundation sent me and others from the ATRC to CSUN and I thank them for it deeply. Thank you Frank Hecker, the Foundation board, and Aaron Leventhal for getting people from all over the world together to talk about and work on freedom and choice in access to information whether it be Mozilla product compatibility, web semantics for DHTML accessibility (ARIA, microformats), or accessible choice on free operating systems such as Linux.

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